If you have ever visited the Magic Kingdom then I’m sure you have visited the Jungle Cruise! Everyone loves this classic Disney Parks attraction! After all it is called the “World Famous Jungle Cruise” for a reason! In this original attraction guest board a boat and embark on a voyage through the jungle. The tour is being guided by your own boat skipper who tells some very cheesy jokes! It’s these goofy lines such as “If you don’t believe me you’re in de-Nile” and “The backside of water” that make the attraction so iconic and beloved by millions of park visitors!
Did you know that during the holiday season the Jungle Cruise is transformed with a fun holiday overlay?! That’s right! During the most magical time of the year, the Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World becomes the Jingle Cruise! The Jingle Cruise receives holiday decorations in both the queue line and inside the attraction itself. One of the most notable differences that makes the attraction a whole new experience is that the script also changes! Now your Jingle Cruise skipper tells jokes and punch lines themed to the holiday season!
As soon as you enter the attraction’s queue line you will find holiday decorations everywhere you turn! I love the Christmas tree made out of bamboo when you first enter the standby line! Your time waiting in line feels like it flies by because there are so many details to look at! Be sure to look around and appreciate the references and jokes in the skipper’s holiday decorations! One of my favorite details was a chalk board where the skippers wrote their New Year’s resolutions. One skipper’s resolution was to ‘achieve a 75% passenger return rate!’ Another funny holiday detail to look for is the names of each of the Jingle Cruise boats. The boats themselves get holiday overlays to their names. A few of my favorite included the Brrrrr Bertha, Mistletoe Millie, Yulelog Lolly, and the Icicle Irma!
Once onboard your festive boat you will continue to notice more holiday decorations throughout the ride such as packages floating in the water, Santa hats on the gorillas, elf hats on the monkeys and more! Your boat’s skipper will narrate your cruise with holiday themed jokes! This is my favorite part of the attraction overlay! Even if you have been on the Jungle Cruise hundreds of times, the ride will feel brand new to you with the new script and storyline that the Jingle Cruise brings!
Some of my favorite jokes include the reference of the big bugs in the rainforest scene being referred to as “bah humbugs!” I also love the group of natives getting ready to attack your boat being referred to as a group of holiday carolers! If you have been on the Jungle Cruise before then you know at the very end of the attraction you will find Trader Sam, the ‘head’ salesman of the jungle. Well during the Jingle Cruise, he is deck out in his holiday best like Santa Claus and referred to as Trader Sam-ta! He is also offering special holiday promotions but take warning they don’t sound too appealing!
Watch this year’s 2018 Jingle Cruise now in our new YouTube video!
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If you have ever wondered how the Disneyland Railroad steam engines run, or what Jungle Cruise skippers do when they aren’t in their boats, they’ll soon have a chance to find out.
Beginning this month, Disneyland Park Guests will have unique, limited-time opportunities to experience some of their favorite attractions in new ways.
While the Disneyland Railroad is temporarily closed this year, Guests at the Main Street and New Orleans Square Train Stations will be able to get up-close with the historic steam engines that have circled Disneyland Park for decades, learn about these amazing machines firsthand from our own train engineers and even take a picture with an engine! Each engine will be accompanied by knowledgeable train engineers, who will share fun facts, details on how the engines operate, stories from the history of the Disneyland Railroad and more.
And, while the world-famous Jungle Cruise undergoes refurbishment early this year, the skippers will still share their stories, adventures and humor with Disneyland Park Guests in front of the attraction. They’ll recount tales from their travels while the Jungle Navigation Company headquarters readies for reopening later this year.
Look for these special opportunities and more – including new, limited-time experiences aboard the Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia – throughout the year at Disneyland Park.
Diners at Magic Kingdom Park can soon set off on a culinary adventure at a new eatery in Adventureland featuring “World Famous Jungle Cuisine.” The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen will open on December 16 at Walt Disney World Resort.
Just steps from the legendary Jungle Cruise attraction you can enjoy the bold, flavorful tastes of Asia, South America and Africa at this new 222-seat table-service restaurant staffed by the wisecracking crew of the Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd.
There are three dining destinations within the company’s headquarters-turned-restaurant: Hungry passengers may find themselves in the mess hall or the jungle-inspired parlor once used by the company’s founder, Dr. Albert Falls and his family. Behind the once secret bookcase lies an additional dining room in a former meeting room of the mysterious Society of Explorers and Adventurers.
The Jungle Skipper Canteen touts an adventurous menu with some new and interesting dishes inspired by the exotic flavors of the rivers traveled on the Jungle Cruise. You can try head-on shrimp or sustainable fish collar, or stick with delicious, familiar tastes such as a grilled steak, pork tenderloin or chicken breast.
House-made arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans, tostones and queso fresco;
Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak, a strip loin marinated in sofrito and served with yuca planks, avocado and house-made chimichurri;
Rice Noodle Bowl with an Asian pho broth with choice of chicken, duck breast or tofu served with jalapeños and mix of fresh herbs;
Trader Sam’s Head-on Shrimp, with sustainable, local, farm-raised shrimp tossed in a chili-garlic sauce and served with Chinese broccoli and choice of five-grain or white rice;
Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream – a vanilla chiffon cake with coconut and lime topped with white chocolate ganache;
Kungaloosh! This African-inspired chocolate cake is served with caramelized bananas and cashew-caramel ice cream topped with coffee dust.
Little ones can try something a little different:
Junior Skip’s Special Mac and Cheese is inspired by an Egyptian dish with ground beef, pasta, Béchamel Sauce and house-made cheese gratin, served with broccoli;
Amazon Annie’s House-made Arepas with slow-cooked beef, black beans and queso fresco served with yuca planks;
Sizzling Savanna Grilled Flank Steak with steamed broccoli and fingerling potatoes;
Smiley’s Little Croc of Chicken Noodle Soup;
Kids Volcano! (This gooey chocolate cake with caramel lava and exploding chocolate rocks will make your little one shout “ ‘UH OA!”)
Two non-alcoholic specialties will be served: the Punch Line Punch, with tropical fruit juice and mango puree (also available with a spiced rim for an extra zinger); and the Schweitzer Slush, with frozen apple juice and passion fruit topped with bursting green apple boba balls (legend has it this was first concocted by the noted explorer and humanitarian, Dr. Albert Slush).
The Disney Dining Plan is accepted, as well as Tables in Wonderland discounts.
A wild and once-in-a-lifetime experience is coming to Disneyland park. The Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast will take place on select dates from September 21 to December 2, 2015.
Your Sunrise Safari will begin with a welcome from the Jungle Navigation Company, Ltd., before you dive into breakfast on the African veldt of the world-famous Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland. I would be “lion” if I said this wasn’t a special opportunity — it’s not everyday that you get a chance to dine in the attraction.
Your roaring hunger is sure to be satisfied with an assortment of fresh pastries and scones, exotic fruit and chia parfait, eggs cooked to perfection, glazed pork belly bacon, pan-seared sausage and roasted golden potato-and-onion hash. Quench your thirst for adventure with an assortment of juices, freshly brewed coffee and specialty teas.
Following breakfast, you’re going to get a crash course in Jungle Skipper training before getting behind the wheel of your own boat to recite that famous spiel. Upon your Initiation into the elite “Fraternal League of Secret Skippers,” you’ll receive an exclusive keepsake—a tribal mask inspired by original concept art for the Jungle Cruise attraction.
Reservations are extremely limited and are now being accepted. Make yours today!
Have you taken a trip aboard the Jingle Cruise at Magic Kingdom Park yet?
The Jungle Cruise attraction is currently enjoying its first ever holiday transformation, in which the skippers spread holiday cheer throughout the cruise with handmade decorations and holiday jokes.
Even the beloved cruise boats received new holiday names.
For more on Jingle Cruise, be sure to check out this video from Disney Parks Blog, in which former Jungle Cruise skipper Kevin Lively (a consultant on the project) and Imagineer and former Jungle Cruise skipper Wyatt Winter share what they loved about transforming the attraction for the holidays.
So far, we’ve covered how Claude Coats and Herb Ryman brought their skills as artists to the creation of the Disneyland Resort; this week, we finish the “Animating the Disney Parks” series with a look at the contributions of Disney Legend and animator Marc Davis. At D23’s Destination D event last month, Imagineer Tom Morris shared insights and remembrances about this remarkable artist.
One of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men, Marc Davis started with Disney in 1935 as an animator on “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” He went on to create iconic Disney characters like Bambi, Cinderella and Tinker Bell. When the time came to develop Disneyland, Davis brought his skills in story and character development to bring attractions to life within the park.
“If the parks didn’t have great animators from the Walt Disney Studio,” Morris said, “I don’t think Disneyland would be what it is today.” Davis, he said, approached an attraction like Pirates of the Caribbean through the eyes of an animator and storyteller.
“I drew every scene you see there as an animator would,” Davis once said regarding the attraction – whose characters were brought to life with the help of his wife and fellow Disney Legend, Alice Davis.
Davis also brought his animator’s eye to attractions like “it’s a small world,”Haunted Mansion and Jungle Cruise. Two scenes personally added by Davis to the Jungle Cruise – the elephant pool and the trapped safari – have become guest favorites throughout the attraction’s 57-year history.